Orioles are right to be a wet blanket about pie-face celebrations

The Orioles have banned pie-in-the-face celebrations.Good for the Orioles, because pie-in-the-face celebrations are stupid. Not just a stupid way to celebrate, but also stupidly risky. Yes, I'm serious.MORE: milestones, records in reach in 2016 | Ranking baseball's dumb unwritten rules This is not a “respect the game” take, but rather a practical one: It’s only a matter of time before a player gets hurt, perhaps seriously, during the silly postgame rowdiness that's become so popular in recent years.That's the Orioles' rationale in making the move, and other teams should take notice. It's not about being joyless. It's about doing all you can to protect the health of multimillion-dollar investments.It's no ones fault. It's just about safety. At the end of the day it can be dangerous so we're being smart.— 10 (@SimplyAJ10) February 27, 2016Most teams have some version of the good-natured postgame gotcha. The Braves, for example, have had a tradition of pouring infield dirt over the hero's head and down his jersey, often also dousing the guy with water to make the honor even messier. The Nationals pour chocolate syrup over the head and (sometimes) face of teammates after a big win. Other teams rip the jersey off the back of the hero for ... reasons, I suppose.I’ve never understood the appeal of such weird postgame hijinks for players, or for fans.Yes, it’s all in fun. But just wait. Such celebrations are bound to backfire eventually.Remember when Kendrys Morales broke his leg in the pile-on after he hit a walkoff grand slam in 2010?The injuries that await in pie celebrations and other silly gestures might not be as serious but could still spell unnecessary DL time for players, which could potentially mean more games in the L column for their teams.I know: You think this is an overreaction. I'm being a wet blanket. But wait until a player turns his neck awkwardly trying to avoid a pie, or turns an ankle trying to escape the dirt down the shirt, or maybe moves in such a way that he takes a finger to the eye — instead of the pie — and turns a moment of bonding between teammates into a scratched cornea or long-term vision problems.Maybe this is just me being that guy, but these thoughts have crossed my mind every time I’ve watched a team celebrate in ways that involve a) smashing something into someone’s face; b) chasing a teammate around the infield to mob him; or c) ripping clothing from his body in the name of … whatever that is.Again, I don't understand the appeal. But some people enjoy it, which is why a lot of Orioles fans weren't happy when slugger Adam Jones broke the news Saturday on Twitter about the team's new party-pooper policy. [email protected] pic.twitter.com/5t6HiDzF6E— Erica (@LewtheJeww) February 27, [email protected] @dangerouspies what about bubble gum, that next ??????I smell lawyers meddling in the things that make our team unique. Sucks— Sush (@SushGirl) February 28, [email protected] If pies are so dangerous, has the stupid facial hair ban been lifted? Somebody is more likely to injure themselves shaving.— MachO Man (@ColonelWill) February 28, [email protected] @dangerouspies Pies are dangerous? How about a baseball being thrown toward you at 95mph?— Chris Monty (@ChrisMonty) February 27, 2016Here's the thing, though: It's not the pie that's dangerous. It's the sneak-attack nature, the unpredictability of how the recipient will react physical

ly, the probabilty that something unforeseen will result. It's the big-league version of what parents have said for decades: It's all fun and games until someone pokes an eye out.Ten seconds of fun isn't worth a trip to the DL and certainly isn't worth risking future wins.Settle down, gents.Put health before hijinks.

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